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Sunnyside police arrested a 23-year-old Sunnyside man they say stole a motor vehicle, hit the vehicle’s owner with it and then struck a school bus on Oct. 28.

The owner of the vehicle came out of his house in the 1400 block of South Eighth Street around 7:50 a.m. and found someone driving the vehicle away, according to a Sunnyside police affidavit. When the vehicle circled back on Otis Avenue, the owner went to the roadway to try to stop it, the affidavit said.

Instead, the driver aimed the vehicle at its owner and hit him, the affidavit said, causing him to fall and scrape the palms of both hands and one knee, the affidavit said.

The stolen vehicle continued south on Saul Road and west on South Hill Road, where it struck a school bus with 24 children on board, the affidavit said, before heading north on South First Street. The affidavit did not indicate if anyone on the bus was hurt.

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Police later found the vehicle in Yakima, the affidavit said, and the suspect was arrested Thursday on suspicion of first-degree robbery, first-degree assault and motor vehicle theft.

He did not attend a preliminary appearance hearing Friday in Yakima County Superior Court because of illness, according to court documents. Yakima County Superior Court Judge Richard Bartheld set bail at $150,000 and rescheduled the hearing for Tuesday.

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Source: FBI Uniform Crime Reports

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1The FBI says it believes the Yakima County Sheriff's Office under reported the number of incidents in 2018
2Wapato's data for 2018 is not reliable.